GERG - The European Gas Research Group

June 20, 2012 02:00 ET

The 4th GERG Academic Network Event

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - June 20, 2012) -

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The 4th GERG Academic Network Event was held on the 14th and 15th of June 2012, in the stylish Marivaux hotel, in Brussels, formerly a cinema.

The GERG Academic Network Event is now a well established point in the diary and offers an excellent opportunity to strengthen the link between selected universities and the European gas industry's research centres. The key objectives are:

  • To ensure that the academic community is aware of gas industry R&D issues
  • To encourage a dialogue between experts in industry and academia
  • To provide a privileged view of gas industry R&D activities
  • To show post-graduates that the gas industry offers challenging and rewarding careers

The 4th GERG Academic Network Event covered subjects focusing on topics on gas fundamentals, natural gas distribution, transmission & storage, gas utilisation, and other hot gas industry R&D topics such as biogas, shale gas and smart grids.

Twenty Ph.D. students, selected from more than 30 applicants, from universities in France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Spain and the UK presented their work to a select audience made up of their peers, gas industry R&D experts and representatives from the European Commission. The overall standard, which seems to get better every year, was very high and the competition was fierce.

Three substantial prizes were awarded for the best work, based on the criteria: Technical Quality, Innovation and the presentation itself. They were awarded as detailed below:

1st. ACCURACY OF 1D MODELS USED TO SIMULATE TRANSPORT OF NATURAL GAS, Jan Fredrik Helgaker, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Energy and Process Engineering, Trondheim, Norway;
2nd. FLAME STABILITY OF ULTRA-LEAN METHANE AND SYNTHESIS-GAS COMBUSTION IN INERT POROUS BURNERS, Stefan Voss, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Institute of Thermal Engineering, 09596 Freiberg, Germany;
3rd. 3D FINITE ELEMENT SIMULATION OF THE ELECTROFUSION PROCESS OF POLYETHYLENE FITTINGS, Ziad Chebbo, Mines ParisTech, Centre for Material Forming (CEMEF), Sophia-Antipolis, France.

Abstracts, presentations and presenters' C.V.s will be published on the GERG website:

What is GERG?

GERG, the European Gas Research Group, is a research and development organisation with a unique role in Europe, in that it provides both support and stimulus for the technological innovation necessary to ensure that the European gas industry can rise to meet the technological challenges of the new century.

GERG was founded in 1961 to strengthen the gas industry within the European Community and it achieves this by promoting research and technological innovation in all aspects of the gas chain. Established as a network to enable exchange of information between a select group of specialist R&D centres to avoid duplication of effort, it has grown steadily to its current size whilst retaining and expanding its original aims. Its priorities are networking, technical information exchange, and the promotion of collaborative R&D.

GERG membership currently stands at 24 members from 13 countries, each actively involved in natural gas R&D. It's worth noting that despite, or maybe as a result of, the changes in the European natural gas landscape, GERG membership has doubled in recent years.

Details of GERG members, current activities and R&D priorities can be seen on the GERG website:

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